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Radical republic, BBC Nepali Service



BBC Nepal: What did the nation gain from the so called 'people's war'?
Pampha Bhusal:
Since the start of the people's war, Nepali society has experienced radical transformation. We overthrew the monarchy and established a Federal Republic where the oppressed and backward castes, class, ethnic minorities, and women have greater representation in the state apparatus. People are more aware of their rights.

But these are all theoretical achievements.
The creation of a Republic is a very real achievement.

What has the Republic done so far for the people of Karnali?
Once we conclude the peace process, a new constitution will be in place, and issues related to women, Madhesis, Dalits, and backward communities will take centre stage. We can then take forward the process of economic transformation alongside social reforms.

But people say only the leaders have reaped the benefits of 'new' Nepal. For instance, Prachanda's journey from the jungle to a luxurious mansion, is this a part of the Prachandapath?
That's not entirely true, because a few people were already rich. I don't agree with everything that has happened so far or the way certain leaders have behaved. Once the transition period is over, these transgressions should be investigated.

You waged a war and introduced a culture of violence. But it looks like the past is coming back to haunt you.
We launched our war under very different circumstances. People were poor and had serious grievances. But if this culture of violence continues, it could turn nasty. Nepalis might lose trust in us if we don't make an effort to curb such practices.



1. kiran
Good interview.

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